AMD Might Have to Stop Selling The R9 Fury X As It Allegedly Infringes Asetek’s Patents
For the past few years, Asetek has been chasing all those who would infringe on their liquid cooling patents. The company has already successfully taken a large number of All-in-One (AIO) liquid coolers out of the US market, including Swiftech’s H220 liquid cooler and Cooler Master’s Seidon Series of Liquid coolers.
The news has put AMD in a difficult position since their Radeon R9 Fury X GPU is cooled by a AIO liquid cooler manufactured by Cooler Master. Now, according to the latest statement by Asetek, they have sent a Cease & Desist order to AMD and Gigabyte over the sale of their liquid cooler R9 Fury X GPU, and Liquid cooled GTX 980 Waterforce GPUs, respectively.
Asetek claims both products are allegedly infringing on their patents (via Gamer Nexus):
Asetek’s attorneys have recently sent cease and desist letters to Gigabyte, demanding that it cease selling Giga-Byte’s GEFORCE GTX 980 Water Force (sold under at least model number GV-N980WAOC-4GD) because it contains the Seidon 120M found by the court to infringe Asetek’s patents.
Asetek’s attorneys have also written a cease and desist letter to AMD, demanding that it stop selling its Radeon R9 Fury X product, because it infringes Asetek’s patents. Our attorneys have had some difficulty obtaining a Gigabyte GV-N98TXTREME W-6GD, but we expect to receive and analyze one very soon for infringement.
Currently, we can’t be sure how AMD or Gigabyte would react to this order, but given Asetek’s great track record when it comes to patent infringement cases, AMD seems to be in a very embarrassing position. With AMD R9 Fury X having its cooler made by Cooler Master, the courts are likely to side with Asetek, based on the fact that they have already received damages from the company.
If that happens and the R9 Fury X was to be pulled from shelves, this would leave the Nvidia GTX 980Ti with no real competition in the market. In any case, we’re keeping an eye out, and let you know as the story develops. Stay tuned!